As a family we love juicing and making green smoothies, and we enjoy them every day and have done so for years. We often get asked about the difference between juices and smoothies, and if they’re the same. Basically they’re not, and I’ll explain why.
The biggest difference between juicing and blending is generally thought of as texture for most people, however for those with more experience there's quite a bit more to consider! A blender combines various ingredients and can also roughly chop vegetables and fruits for use in smoothies, salsas, soups and stews. The texture a blender produces is thick and contains all of the pulp and other parts of fruits and vegetables, creating various grades of smooth to slightly chunky consistency. Therefore it produces delicious smoothies from all kinds of vegetables like carrots, kale, spinach and cucumbers or pretty much any fruits you can think of, which when consumed in this way support digestive health, regular elimination, satisfy hunger, sustain energy levels and even balance your blood sugar over time fairly well too.
You can even use a blender to roughly chop other things like pepitas (pumpkin seeds), chia, goji berries and raw cacao and then go on to add these to delicious fruit smoothies from avocado, melon, citrus fruits and nuts for even more additional nutrients. Many people regularly make healthy spreads using a blender from nuts. Use a blender whenever a thick sauce, soup base or smoothie is desired. To liquefy thicker textured ingredients, use filtered water, watery fruits or vegetable juice to ensure a smooth overall consistency every time.
Juicing gives people the opportunity to take full advantage of the healthful properties of various fruits and vegetables in an incredibly easy to digest, concentrated infusion of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. All of the pits, pulp, fiber and seeds are removed, leaving only vitality filled, healthy juice for breakfast, mid-morning pick-me-ups or as part of a daily health regimen. Use a juicer to create amazing combinations of fruit and vegetable juice at any time of the day.
Juicing allows health minded individuals to expand the horizons of their daily feeling of vitality through virtually endless combinations of creative juicing. One great tip for creative juicing is to consider the types of fruits and veggies that marry well together, for instance fruits and veggies like kale, apple and melon. The idea with creative juicing is to coordinate or contrast flavors that bring out the healthiest, most vibrant properties and irresistible color. Another tip is to consider the acidity or "heat" in the ingredients to be juiced. Dark green vegetables like chicory have a fairly bitter flavor. To add a peppery zing to this mix, juice a head of radicchio too. Or go so far as to juice this combination with cucumber for a refreshing flavor. Conversely, for a sweeter result, juice carrots, peas and cantaloupe. And overall, always try new combinations!
Although there's little nutritional difference between juicing and blending when the ingredients used are fresh, raw and organically grown, there is a significant difference to what you can include in the mix and how quickly the juice or smoothie is absorbed by your body and the overall burden on your digestive system too. In any case, be sure to wash the vegetables like carrots, kale and chicory well as these grow close to soil and tend to require a good rinse before juicing or blending them. Furthermore, you may even choose to trim down the carrots a bit to ensure they're clean if they're somewhat rough around the edges.
To sum it up, the basic difference between juicing and blending depends on the application. The thicker texture of blended smoothies tends to be higher in fiber and slower to digest, whereas juices deliver nutritional benefits more quickly because these require less metabolic processing. Juicing and blending are both vitally important parts of a healthy regimen and should be used in the balance that best suits you. Remember that juiced and blended fruits and vegetables should be used as soon as possible, so that the nutritional value remains at the highest potency.
Green is a very earthy color and it's also one of the most popular for smoothies. The organic green grocer is the best source for a wide variety of ingredients to make delightful green smoothies. It's always best to use fresh, well-rinsed greens to make green smoothies and don't forget that many green herbs like parsley, mint, sage, marjoram, thyme and lemongrass stalks can add a brilliant nuance of flavor to green fruit and vegetable smoothies.